Access to Justice for Children: Best Interests of the Child Day 1

Product Type: Course

Courses - In-Person
Start Date & Time
2020-03-05 9:00 AM
End Date & Time
2020-03-05 4:30 PM
Vancouver location TBA

Courses - Webinar
Start Date & Time
2020-03-05 9:00 AM
End Date & Time
2020-03-05 4:30 PM
Online Provider

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Access to Justice for Children: Equipping Adults to Support Children and Youth in Justice Processes

Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Vancouver location TBA
or attend via webinar for Day 1 only

Indigenous Youth Art Reception: Day 1
Thursday, March 5, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Who should attend: Lawyers in all practice areas, judges, family justice counselors, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coordinators, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, law students, and everyone whose work impacts children

Learning level: All levels

This multi-disciplinary training meets the needs of professionals who work with children in all areas of law.  It will help you sharpen your knowledge and practice on the best interests of the child, and meet each child's unique circumstances considering influences such as culture, ability, and trauma.   

Using a practice framework, grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we will provide essential information on healthy development for children, best interest practices, and other access to justice needs at each age and stage of the child's life.

You will receive concrete examples and tips on how to adapt your practice to meet the child in their particular context. We will also explore the continuum of services available to children in BC to address these issues, and how to triage a situation given the lived reality of the child.

Day One provides participants with a knowledge base to identify and adapt practices depending on a child's unique context, including culture, child and brain development, and rights such as best interests of the child. 

Day Two provides skills training to participants on listening to children, supporting their meaningful participation in decisions that affect them, as well as roster requirements specific to at least one of these organizations:

  • Hear the Child Society
  • Child and Youth Legal Centre
  • Legal Services Society's Independent Legal Advice for Children program contracted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Mediate BC

All of these organizations, as well as the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference, and the CBABC Children's Law Section, share an interest in maintaining rosters of professionals who are well versed in child rights and expertise specific to working with children and youth and are participating in the program’s planning.

Presented in collaboration with
Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference
Association of Collaborative Family Separation Professionals
CBABC Children's Law Section
Hear the Child Society of BC
Legal Services Society of BC
Mediate BC Child Protection Mediation Roster
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Society for Children and Youth - Child and Youth Legal Centre

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6 hours (a minimum of 1 hour pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Chairs
Halie Kwanxwa'loga Bruce Cedar and Sage Law Corporation, Chilliwack
The Honourable Donna J. Martinson, QC Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Suzanne S. Williams Brown Henderson Melbye, Victoria



Register by Feb. 6/20
Regular Price
After Feb. 6/20
In-Person* $619 $679
In-Person Articled Student* $374.50 $374.50
Webinar (Day 1 only) $489 $549
Webinar Articled Student
(Day 1 only)
$274.50 $274.50

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Registration includes an electronic copy of the reference materials.

*Lunch is included.

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